- PAVEL COULD DEBUT ON TURF IN SHOEMAKER
- BALTAS HAS TWO FOR THE MONEY IN GAMELY
- SINK OR SWIM FOR MILLER IN CRYSTAL WATER
O’NEILL MULLS SHOEMAKER, GOLD CUP FOR PAVEL
Doug O’Neill is weighing his options with Pavel for the Memorial Day weekend, mulling either next Saturday’s Grade I, $500,000 Gold Cup at Santa Anita at a mile and a quarter on dirt or the Grade I, $400,000 Shoemaker Mile on turf Monday, May 28, Memorial Day.
The Shoemaker is a Breeders’ Cup “Win and You’re In” Challenge Race, giving the winner a fees-paid berth to the Breeders’ Cup Mile.
“He came back from Dubai in really good shape,” O’Neill said of Pavel, a gray son of Creative Cause who worked six furlongs Friday in 1:13.80 under Mario Gutierrez. “This little breather was by design, because he needed it. We’re keeping all options open.”
Pavel, whose last race was on March 31 when he finished fourth in the Dubai World Cup, has never raced on turf in eight career starts.
“His pedigree suggests it shouldn’t be a problem,” O’Neill said, alluding to the sire of Creative Cause, Giant’s Causeway.
Owned by O’Neill’s principal client, J. Paul Reddam, Pavel won the Grade III Smarty Jones last September and has earned $847,400, running at distances from 6 ½ furlongs to a mile and a quarter.
BALTAS HAS TWO FOR GRADE I GAMELY STAKES
Richard Baltas has four horses nominated to next Saturday’s Grade I Gamely Stakes for fillies and mares, three and up, at 1 1/8 miles on turf, but plans to enter two, Madam Dancealot and Midnight Crossing.
Each has dissimilar styles, Midnight Crossing possessing more speed, while Madam Dancealot is a stone closer.
Both bred in Ireland, each has a graded victory over Santa Anita’s grass course, Madam Dancealot in the Grade II Santa Ana and Midnight Crossing in the Grade III Robert J. Frankel.
“Midnight Crossing has to be near or on the lead,” Baltas said. “The Gamely is a little step up for her, but the distance suits her. Madame Dancealot breezed today (four furlongs on the training track in 48.40), and if she comes back OK, we’ll take a shot and run her.
“It rained in Kentucky when she ran (on a “good” course) in the Distaff Turf (at Churchill on May 5, finishing seventh but beaten only 4 ¼ lengths). It seems like she bounced out of it pretty well, so we’ll see.”
Gamely probables: Beau Recall, Flavien Prat; Hawksmoor, no rider; Madam Dancealot, Corey Nakatani; Midnight Crossing, Brice Blanc; Sophie P, no rider; and Chad Brown trainee Uni, Irad Ortiz Jr. Beau recall worked five furlongs Saturday in 1:02.20 for Simon Callaghan.
SUNDAY’S CRYSTAL WATER COULD BE MILLER TIME
Peter Miller, a threat to win a training title at any meet and currently third with a bullet at Santa Anita’s 20-day-old Spring session, has Anatolian Heat entered for Sunday’s $100,000 Crystal Water Stakes.
Named for the 1977 Santa Anita Handicap winner, who won by a head under Laffit Pincay Jr. at 9-2, the Crystal Water is one in the Golden State Series for California-bred or sired horses, this for three-year-olds and up at a mile on turf.
Anatolian Heat, a five-year-old Unusual Heat gelding, was fourth last out going down the hillside turf course at about 6 ½ furlongs in the Grade III San Simeon Stakes April 29, sitting last in a filed of six until the homestretch.
“He was probably a little too far back in that race,” said Miller, who has re-engaged Corey Nakatani for the Crystal Water. Nakatani has been third on Anatolian Heat twice before.
The Crystal Water, race nine of nine with a 12:30 p.m. first post time: B Squared, Mario Gutierrez, 6-1; Accountability, Gary Stevens, 15-1; Well Developed, Drayden Van Dyke,
5-1; Soi Phet, Alonso Quinonez, 15-1; Anatolian Heat, Corey Nakatani, 15-1; Desert General, Kyle Frey, 20-1; Ward ‘n Jerry, Stewart Elliott, 15-1; Tule Fog, Tiago Pereira,
12-1; Rye, Kent Desormeaux, 4-1; Smokey Image, Tyler Baze, 12-1; Ashleyluvssugar, Flavien Prat, 7-2; and Camino Del Pariso, Ricardo Gonzalez, 6-1.
FINISH LINES: Multiple Grade I winner City of Light, nominated to next Saturday’s Gold Cup at Santa Anita, worked six furlongs this morning in a bullet 1:11.40 for Michael McCarthy, while Santa Anita Handicap winner Accelerate, ticketed for the Gold Cup, went the same distance in 1:13.60 for John Sadler . . . American Stakes winner What a View, a candidate for next Saturday’s Grade II Charles Whittingham Stakes, went five furlongs on the training track in 1:00.80 for Kenny Black. In all, there were 160 recorded workouts Saturday, 13 on the training track . . . The Single Ticket Pick Six Jackpot carryover continues to grow and has reached $515,662 into Saturday’s program . . . The California Horse Racing Board will conduct its regular monthly meeting next Thursday, May 24, 9:30 a.m., in the Baldwin Terrace Room at Santa Anita. The public is encouraged to attend. An audio-only webcast of the meeting can be heard through a link on the CHRB website (webcast). The Board meeting agenda and supporting package of materials are available on the website.
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